Bougainville: Still Waiting For Mineral Rights
The PNG government is still to hand over full mining powers to
Below is an article published by ABC Radio
The once giant Bougainville Copper Mine was closed in 1989 during the island's protracted […] conflict, and has yet to reopen.
PNG's Mining Minister, Dr Puka Temu, says the government will transfer mining powers to
Bougainville's President, Joseph Kabui, says the PNG government should not have any say over mining on the
He says mineral resources ownership must remain with the people of
But PNG's mining minister says PNG law guarantees the government rights over minerals on the island.
'The state should remain owner of all the resources. But in sharing the cake, it is important governments and landowners have a bigger share''.
Mining powers are expected to be officially transferred to